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Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Conti III on Friday announced an investigation into seven Washington, D.C., police officers and department supervisors who confiscated illegal guns without making arrests.

“In these cases, the suspect was not arrested, and the suspect should have been arrested,” Conti said during a press conference on Friday evening. “The gun was taken and put into evidence, however, the suspect was allowed to go free, and this is not the way we do business at the Metropolitan Police Department.”

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According to Conti, the investigation into alleged misconduct began after a community member made an unrelated complaint against DC officials on September 11.

During the investigation of that complaint, officers became aware of a separate incident in which two officers confiscated an illegal firearm from a suspect without arrest.

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Conti said officers kept the gun as evidence, but the written description of what emerged during the seizure did not match the body camera footage.

As officials continued to review the incident, they found that five more members of the department were involved in similar cases, Conti explained.

Now two constables and five officers have been kept on non-contact status amid internal investigation.

The names of the accused have not been disclosed. Conti said investigators found a total of seven similar incidents, all of which took place in the 7th district.

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An investigation into the alleged misconduct began after a member of the community made an unrelated complaint against DC officials on September 11.

Conti said he was unsure why the alleged misconduct occurred.

“I can’t even guess why that is,” Conti told reporters. “It’s not the way we train, it’s not the way I’ve been trained, it’s not what we expect from our members.”

“We expect our members to be taken into custody when they encounter armed individuals on the street who have illegal firearms,” he continued. “In these cases, it didn’t. I wish I could tell you why. At this stage of the investigation, I don’t know why.”

Now two constables and five officers have been kept on non-contact status amid internal investigation.

The seven members of the department involved in these incidents were part of a unit targeting violent crime in the seventh district. Conti said other members of that unit have been temporarily redeployed while the investigation continues.